Business Engagement

Working with Business for Growth

The University of Suffolk is a business embracing organisation committed to working with you to help your business grow through innovation, enterprise and knowledge exchange.  You can access the best in graduate talent and academic expertise here to accelerate your growth and development.

We want to work with you to ensure the University works for business and employers, continuing to have a demonstrable economic impact on our locality and further afield whilst learning from you and bringing you into our community.

We can provide access to graduates, apprentices, state of the art facilities, the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC), meeting room hire, business networks, funding opportunities, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, CPD and short courses, events and enterprise skills development, consultancy and collaborative research to name but some of the opportunities available when you choose to use the University of Suffolk.

'There are no barriers to working with the University of Suffolk to grow your business regardless of whether you are an SME or a larger organisation. In fact there is more funding and drivers than ever before for business to engage with higher education, realising the targets of the Industrial Strategy, and making an impact on the productivity and economic success story of a region.  The team at the University of Suffolk understand the needs and timescales of businesses wishing to compete in an ever competitive environment. Being a young University is an enabler here as we are able to move fast to help meet the needs of our business community'. Stef Thorne, Head of Business Engagement & Entrepreneurship Services.

Knowledge Exchange Funding

accounting-analytics-balance-209224

We are committed to having a significant impact on the economy, society and wider world around us.

Engage programme for current students and alumni

EN website

What can entrepreneurship do for me? Unlock your entrepreneurship skills.

Get in Touch

RS1598 UOS Stock pictures 2018-69

For business enquiries or to find out more about our Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team, please contact us.

The Games Hub

The games hub Miracle Tea

The Games Hub is based within the IWIC building for computer games design students to develop ideas, access competitions, programmes and events.

Privacy Notice

close-up-document-fountain-pen-48148

Please read our privacy notice, which outlines how we collect and use your information.

EIRA Microfinance Grant for students and alumni start-ups

Microfinance jpeg for social media crop version

Current students from University of Suffolk and alumni from the last 3 years can apply for a grant of up to £3k to help kick-start a business idea. 

RS1616 UOS Stock pictures 2018-86 0

Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre

The IWIC is the University of Suffolk's focal point for developing new entrepreneurs and innovative Start Ups.

Waterfront (1)

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Find out more about our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

Success Stories

Graphic Design, Ipswich (4)

A few examples of where the University has worked with, supported, incubated or provided skills and talent to help grow and develop business.

Venue hire and facilities

Atrium Redevelopment (25) 1

The IWIC is a smart working environment within Ipswich with businesses, academics and the Business E & E team co-located in a flexible space.

CPD and Short Courses

Lady sitting at computer screen

From short half day workshops to master’s qualifications, we’re poised to help you to achieve, learn, practice and grow.

Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship

Meet the team

Stef leads the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate, the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) and the University’s business engagement strategy. In 2016 Stef founded the award winning Suffolk Centre for Female Entrepreneurship and is currently a member of th...

Previously the Employer Liaison Adviser at University of Suffolk, Jenni is now the Enterprise and Business Development Manager.  Building on her employer engagement expertise to work more closely with Small to Medium Enterprises, Jenni conducts needs analysis, linking businesses up...

Rita is the Administrator for the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre, which sits within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Department. Rita’s role as the IWIC Administrator encompasses a varied range of responsibilities from supporting the IWIC Manager and the Business...

Ruth Paton is Innovation Centre (IWIC) Manager within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship department supporting enterprise and business development at the University of Suffolk. ...

Corinne graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2004 with a degree in Counselling and Therapeutic Studies and moved back to Suffolk in 2008. Corinne has worked in the voluntary sector for the majority of career with over 7 years’ experience of supporting families and young peo...

Heidi is the Games Hub manager, within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team at IWIC. Heidi works with the  3rd year computer games design and programming students to deliver business and entrepreneurial skills as well as running the Tranzfuser (UK Games Fund) programme...

Debra Gingell is the Business Development Manager (CPD) within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate. She is actively engaging with local businesses, external training providers and academic staff at the University of Suffolk to develop a portfolio of Continual Pr...

Kate is the Alumni Relations and Development Manager within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate.  She is working to raise the profile of the Alumni Community both internally and externally and ensuring the Universities philanthropic work continues to build thro...